It seems like this hotel was boarded up for 50 years and the new owners just decided to turn the lights on one day and start renting rooms out. At some point in time years ago this place must have been interesting. The problem is that since that time it seems that no work has been done to keep it up.
The wife and I spent a night on the 4th floor during the Illinois Marathon, everything else in town was booked.. The elevator was like riding down to a coal mine. Banging and crashing it's way to the 4th floor. It was also covered in carpet, floor, walls , ceiling....all very dirty. 4th floor elevator lobby really said it all. Light fixture made from animal parts was broken and held together with string and covered in a thick layer of dust. The walls had overspray on them from the last time the popcorn ceiling had been repaired. All the woodwork must have been nice once but needed a new coat of varnish 30 years ago. The hallways were literally falling apart with the ceiling containing many large holes in various states of repair. It looked as if someone had abandoned the idea of repairs mid stream and left the plastic up. Hall was also VERY dark as the owners have chosen to use very low wattage lights. The room was very drab, looked like a "by the hour" place. The walls were covered in stains from years of smoking. The floor in the bathroom was missing all of the glaze from the tiles and the walls were covered in rotting carpet!!! The bathtub was newish but the shower didn't function properly.
At checkout I was all set to do some complaining but the old lady at the front desk literally spoke NO ENGLISH! NONE AT ALL! She seemed like one of those people who had been smuggled into the USA in a shipping container and forced to work for nothing.
The cost of the room was no deal either. I think we paid about $140 after taxes. They also did everything strangely, such as making you pay for the room at the start of the stay and taking a physical imprint of my creditcard like it was 1985 or something.
We also saw no staff in the hotel anywhere other than the front desk during our entire stay. No bell hop, no cleaning/room service staff, no manager running around and no maintenance personnel (which they needed badly).
DO NOT STAY HERE!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After two years of renovation works, Urbana Landmark Hotel finally opened its door to the public on Saturday, December 1, 2012. This unique boutique hotel was originally designed by Joseph W. Royer, a very famous local architect and financed by over 800 local prominent business people. It was in 1924 that this famous hotel opened its door the first time to the public. Ever since then it has gone through the changes of time and still stands here to serve the needs of the community. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Urbana Landmark Hotel IL - Champaign-Urbana